Academic Staff

Dr Tom Slatter


Year 3 & 4 Tutor
Lecturer in MEng Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Dr Tom Slatter graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2004 with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering and in 2010 with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. During this time he worked for the Ford Motor Company in powertrain CAE and diesel engine engineering. His PhD was sponsored by the Ford Advanced Research and Materials Group in Aachen, Germany and concerned the wear of automotive valvetrain components. In 2007, Tom became a University Teaching Associate, was appointed Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in 2011, and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018. Tom is a member of the Leonardo Tribology Centre and is a Deputy Centre Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology (iT-CDT).


Tom's teaching activities are in the area of manufacturing and design. He was the Deputy Director of Learning & Teaching for Mechanical Engineering 2014-17 and in 2012 he was awarded a University Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. Tom is also the Deputy Centre Director (Learning & Teaching) for the EPSRC iT-CDT and is the Faculty Advisor for the University's Formula Student team, 'Sheffield Formula Racing'.

Tom is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society for Tribology and Lubrication Engineering (STLE), and is an Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He serves on the committee of the Yorkshire Centre of the IMechE Automobile Division and is a member of the University of Sheffield Alumni Board.


Dr Slatter continues to be involved in automotive tribology research; continuing work on valvetrain wear with a number of automotive OEMs, investigating the influence of novel combustion processes on valvetrain design and assessing the performance of bio-lubricants. Recent research and consultancy work in these areas has included projects with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Caterpillar, Nanovit, Jacobs Vehicle Systems and McLaren.

Tom's research interests also include tribology in manufacturing with projects investigating the design, performance and instrumentation of manufacturing machines, processes and tooling with organisations such as Sandvik Coromant, Primetals, Bremont, Rolls-Royce, BEP Surface Technologies, Hill Pumps, and the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

Outside of these applied areas, Tom works at a more fundamental level investigating topics including impact wear and the cryogenic treatment of metals.